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We’ve previously shared our best foundation for dry skin, as well as our best pick for oily skin, but what if you’re somewhere in-between? Those who have combination skin—part dry and part oily—have their work cut out for them when it comes to finding the perfect foundation for their skin type. You don’t want to use a mattifying formula on areas that tend to be dry and flakey, and you also don’t want a dewy formula to go on areas that tend to get oily and greasy throughout the day. Luckily, we have the perfect foundation option for combination skin—and we’re here to tell you all about it! Below, we’re sharing our best foundation for combination skin, how to apply foundation to combination skin, and how to remove your foundation at the end of the day.
Ready for your foundation match? Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. So, what makes this foundation so perfect for combination skin? To start, those with combination skin should use a foundation that has a buildable formula (check!) so they can apply more product to areas that tend to be oily and less product to areas that are dry and irritated. Next, a foundation for combination skin should have properties that benefit both dry and oily skin. For example, a full-coverage, sweat-resistant formula (check!) is ideal for oily areas. Ideally, the foundation should also be lightweight and ultra-breathable (check!) as to not cling to dry patches. Seems like we have a match made in foundation heaven!
Our foundation provides medium-to-full buildable coverage that lasts all day and allows the skin to breathe. The formula's three oil absorbers resist sweat, water, and transfer while the ultra-thin liquid goes on smoothly to give a fresh, healthy-looking complexion that lasts. And that’s not all, the foundation is also non-comedogenic and formulated with SPF.
Now that you know all about our best foundation for combination skin, you may be curious about the best way to apply foundation to combination skin. We’ve got you covered! Follow the steps below for flawless application that will give you an equally flawless complexion.
Before we get to your foundation, it’s important to prep your combination skin with a few skin care steps. After cleansing, you’ll want to exfoliate your complexion with a gentle face scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub. This buttery-soft sugar scrub provides gentle yet effective exfoliation, allowing it to remove excess flakes that could get in the way of your foundation application. Use it up to three times a week.
Once your combination skin has been cleansed and exfoliated, it’s time to moisturize! Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to provide long-lasting hydration with a fresh, matte look that will combat your oily T-zone.
Next, you’ll want to use a makeup primer. This will help even out your complexion as well as increase the lifespan of your foundation. For your combination skin, we recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base for an instantly smooth complexion.
It’s time for the step you’ve been waiting for—applying your foundation! To do so, you’ll want to use a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, for effortless blending. Start by applying a small amount of foundation to dry areas of your skin. Then, apply a little more product to oily areas to build up coverage!
After applying your foundation, you can move on to the rest of your makeup look or simply stop at having a flawless complexion. Just be sure to spritz on a setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, when you’re done to keep everything in place!
After a long day (or night), you may be wondering the best way to remove your foundation. We recommend saturating a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types for a gentle, no-rinse makeup remover!
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